Cheesy Chipotle Kale Chips
I should just call these “kale crack” because they are amazingly addictive. My teen begs, yes, begs me to make these and I can not make enough to keep up with demand! What I love about these chips is that they are a healthy, nutrition packed power snack full of phytonutrients and antioxidants that tastes better than any store bought nonsense. Making these seems quite labour intensive at first, however there is really not that much more to it than making a salad and dressing. A very long drawn out salad that takes several hours before you can eat it. Cleaning the dehydrator on the other hand, is a job I try to contract out.
- 1 large bunch of curly kale
- 1 cup cashews (soaked in water for 2 hours)
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 3-4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons rice syrup
- 1 tsp chipotle in adobo
- 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
- Soak cashews in water for 2 hours
- Meanwhile, clean kale and strip off tough stalks. Dry kale in a salad spinner to get rid of excess moisture. (If the kale is wet, the chipotle sauce will not coat the leaves.) Keep kale in a large mixing bowl.
- When cashews are ready, strain, rinse and place in the blender along with the remaining ingredients. Blend at high speed until really creamy (about 2 minutes).
- Prepare dehydrator trays for easy access.
- Pour chipotle sauce over kale and “massage” to coat in all the little kale nooks and crannies. Lay each piece of kale on dehydrator trays with plenty of space around each piece to properly dry out. Do not overlap kale. Stack trays and turn dehydrator on to “medium” or “setting 2” or 55 C. Kale is ready when fully crisp which takes around 3-4 hours.